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A chance for students grades 3-8 to compose

Very Young Composers allows students with little or no musical background to create, notate, and hear their very own music performed by Philharmonic musicians.

Program Highlights

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    Very Young Composers (VYC)

    An afterschool program through the School Partnership Program for grades 3-5 that exposes students to the instruments of the orchestra, nurtures their inherent creativity, and culminates with original works performed by members of the Philharmonic.

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    The Composer's Bridge

    As they move on to middle school, many students who have taken VYC want to develop their musical skills. The Composer's Bridge gives them this opportunity by fostering technical and creative independence and providing opportunities to compose music for the Philharmonic and other events.

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    Very Young Composers International

    The VYC idea is rapidly catching on. It has reached children on four continents in countries including Korea, China, Japan, Venezuela, Spain, and Finland. VYC students in various American cities are exchanging "musical postcards" with these children.

What's Your Story

Credit Suisse Very Young Composers Video

In fall 2011, students in New York had the chance to compose for both Korean and western instruments, in a collaboration with Korea Arts and Culture Education Service. The music they created fuses two sound worlds in individual ways.

Listen to the music and stories of Credit Suisse Very Young Composers from Japan, Korea, and the United States as their works are performed at a Young People's Concert in April.

How to Get Involved

If you would like to learn how to work with student composers, or let us know about your own Very Young Composer, contact us at

"When I compose, I feel like I'm taking part in today's culture. I wrote a piece based on a painting by Piet Mondrian, and a piece dedicated to the earthquake victims in Haiti."

Very Young Composer, age 13

With Deep Appreciation

This program is sponsored, in part, by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.  Additional support provided by the Ethel K. & Sanford L. Solender Memorial Music Fund of UJA-Federation.